a historical and contemporary exhibition of 31 artists and writers
Store 5 is... a double-take; reconvening the artist-run-space coordinated by Gary Wilson, which from April 1989 to December 1993 produced 150 exhibitions - many on view for just one day.
Store 5 offered a group of young artists the opportunity to show their work on regular basis, to test and unfold ideas in a rigorous yet supportive environment, one which celebrated modernism and abstraction, one that recognised the role of architecture in art, the need to experiment with the conditions of exhibitions and collaborate with other, like-minded, artists and galleries, locally and nationally.
In preparing this exhibition I was interested to know how this group of artists chose to recollect this early experience. How one of the founders could change the leading question Store 5 was� to Store 5 is�, how the core group could retain the confident momentum of the present tense.
Drawing on the dynamic of the artist-run-space, artists who had shown at Store 5 were asked to address this question with a short text for a catalogue � it could be short, long, formal, anecdotal or contradictory - and propose one or two art works, preferably one shown at Store 5, and one reflecting current practice, demonstrating in many instances the continuity or legacy of Store 5. Three writers associated or familiar with the art space were also asked to contribute a piece that reflected their thoughts then and now. Unlike a formal academic history or museum survey this could be an artist�s history or story.
Participants include: Gary Wilson, Kerrie Poliness, Melinda Harper, Stephen Bram, John Nixon, Rose Nolan, Anne Marie May, Gail Hastings, Kathy Temin, Constanze Zikos, Diena Georgetti, Bronwyn Clark-Coolee, Andrew Hurle, Tony Clark, Sandra Bridie, Callum Morton, Fiona Macdonald, Carolyn Barnes, Marco Fusinato, John Barbour, Sue Cramer, Aleks Danko, Eugene Carchesio, Shelley Lasica, Stephen Bambury, A.D.S. Donaldson, Vicente Butron, David O�Halloran, Elizabeth Newman, Ben Curnow, Kate Daw.
This exhibition will occupy the entire gallery, opening Saturday, 19th March, between 1 and 4pm, with informal floor talks given by Dr. Carolyn Barnes and Robyn McKenzie - other participants are welcome to contribute on the day. The exhibition will run until 30 April 2005.
Deborah Hennessy (Curator)